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The following is a translated extract from the interview Ana gave to Cosmopolitan Serbia. She appears on the cover of the latest issue.
What are the positive qualities required to become a top tennis player?
I think that the most important thing is dedication – you really need to have an inner desire, and you must be prepared to make sacrifices in order to achieve your goals. Self-discipline is very important. Many people have the talent, but they aren’t willing or able to do the hard work.
It’s also important to have a strong support team. For me, my family have been the “rock” I could depend on. I turn to them frequently for advice and support, and they’ve never been anything but my biggest supporters. I owe them a lot.
You have probably given up many things during your career, what do you miss most?
Fortunately I am not so much a night owl, so I don’t miss out on nightlife – I love to go out for dinner, but I’m happy to return home rather than go to a club. I have a balanced diet, but I do try to watch what I eat, and I love chocolate – so I guess I can say that I wish I could eat it more often! But that’s such a small thing...
In general, sometimes I wish I could have more freedom. It’s not often, but occasionally I feel a little trapped, having such a regimental schedule – sometimes I just want to go to a desert island and forget about it all, and not follow a schedule! But I think everyone feels this way from time to time, no matter what your job.
How many times have you, like many of your peers, engaged in crazy nightlife until the early morning hours?
Almost never! I mean, I’ve visited some cool clubs, but I don’t think I’ve stayed out later than about 2am, 2.30am. And anyway I hardly drink, just one or two cocktails. I am confident you won’t be seeing photos of me falling over the pavement anytime soon!
Of course, it’s appropriate because I am an athlete and use my body for my job, but anyway it’s not my instinct to go out and get drunk. But still, I can go out and dance , have a good time with my friends, and enjoy myself. When I was in London recently I went to the club Whiskey Mist, which was fun – I took my brother and his friends along!
What are the three qualities your man must have?
I would say intelligence, empathy and good manners. I like sophisticated men, with whom I can have intellectual conversations.